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, it prohibits the obama administration from carrying out the benefits of implementing the administrati administrative logistics that are necessary to provide the benefits of what they call obama care, but it takes all of the revenue that comes in. all of the revenue ryan takes credit for then he cuts out the benefits trying to ensure it doesn't work. does something similar are dodd/frank, and, of course, it's more benefits for the wealthy and with deeper cuts for the poor who need it and less investment in america. i hope that enough of the american people are watching this debate so that they continue to realize that the middle is where president obama is and i think the vast majority of democrats and hopefully, you know, we can get some republicans to come onboard. but when you have these cpac conferences and you see mr. cantor just kowtowing to their agenda, the prospects are not bright. >> congressman jim moran, sir. thank you very much for joining us this friday. >> sure. >> stay with us. we have much more ahead. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military
day off, in which she is working most likely. >>> the obama administration climate policy. same-sex marriage in at capital punishment and the future, yes, future of hugo chavez. >>> in recent years cpac has become, for whatever reason, a big thing. a big thing for the conservative movement and a big thing for the media who cover the movement. this year, 2,000, 2,000, press credentials, issued. it has still been a big event. it exerts this massive gravitational pull on center right politics. who is invited, who's not invited is a story. what the big-name speakers say, when they get there is a story. for a study and stylistic contrast, though not substantive ones, today 2012 republican presidential mitt romney and donald trump. >> the fact is, we're run by either very foolish or very stupid people. what's going on in this country is unbelievable. our can country is a total mess. a total and complete mess. >> it's fashionable in some circles to be pessimistic about america. about conservative solutions. about the republican party. i udderly reject pessimism. we may not have cared o
. >> reporter: in a twist, the obama administration's tsa is getting support for its new list of what's allowed, from some republican lawmakers. >> i want to commend you on this list that you've come out with. i'd like for it to be a little longer. but you made a good start. >> reporter: while some democrats are threatening legislation to block the new rules. >> this tsa knife policy will not fly. with the american people. we will not rest until america's flight attendants, pilots, air marshals and passengers are protected. >> reporter: despite the uproar, the tsa says it's sticking with its new knife policy. >> nbc's tom costello reporting. >>> an american drone had a close call with an iranian jet over the persian gulf. american officials say the drone was over international waters when an iranian f-14 came in at 16 miles. the fighter ended the chase when american escort planes made radio contact. separately, the use of drones is making political waves here at home. on tuesday, president obama met with senate democrats, some voiced concerns about being left out of the loop on the administrati
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trying to reach a compromise with the obama administration or making available birth control to women in the workplace, from the workplace relationships. and i thought dolan was a couple of hours where he said, i like the compromise and it's a start. only later when the entire group of catholic bishops of the united states got together where there was a stronger rejection. i think he always tries to find a moderate. tim dolan of new york. cardinal dolan. i think if you are a monitor or progressive that there will be changes. there has to be a clean-up of the scandal. i think there has to be some modification in terms of the position on birth control so they can regain, as we say in politics, traction. where people begin to listen again on these matters of sexual conduct. i think it is important they do both these things. clean up the mess with regard to exploitation of altar boys, let's be honest. and come back it marriage and what marriage is really about. marriage is not just about having children. it is about a loving relationship, hopefully for life, and understanding the role tha
bellicose language. this is really a disappointment on the part of the obama administration more broadly when they look at north korea. they were hoping that the new leader, kim jong-un, who took over after his father died, would be more willing to work with the united states. but that is not the case. in fact, they have looked at the situation in north korea, and say that it really appears as though they are moving in the opposite direction, more bellicose, more isolated, so they are watching the country very closely. president obama, of course, has mapped out an ambitious second term agenda which includes immigration reform. a new gun control legislation. but a lot of people say that the situation in north korea, and also iran, could wind up dominating a lot of his second term. alex? >> okay. kristen, thank you very much for that from the white house. >> thank you. >> about ten minutes or so from now we're going to talk with congresswoman loretta sanchez. she's here in studio. she's of course a member of the homeland security committee and we're going to ask her directly how serious is
think the obama administration should not take a leading role in those negotiations. the president will also focus on iran. according to state tv launched a destroyer in the caspian sea yesterday. israeli leaders are expected to push the president about the white house approach to stopping tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >>> there's big takeaways from the annual gathering of conservatives known as cpac, including signs that it could be a crowded presidential field in 2016 for a republican party still trying to find its footing. amid a field of 23 potential candidates, senator rands paul narrowly edged out senator marco rubio and over the course of several days dozens of leaders across the country took the stage there. despite efforts to energize the dialogue turned pointed and public. sarah palin challenged party brass to stop trying to rebrand the gop. she blasted establishment figures for their efforts to only fund candidates they consider viable in a general election. it was a message that drew a quick response from one of the party's top strat gists. >> the last thing w
governors asking, republican governors and democratic governors and the obama administration says yes, provided we protect the welfare and work requirements. republicans decided to lie about it and say the president and the administration did exactly the opposite of what they actually did. he took the work requirements out of welfare. he just wants a free ride for everybody. he's buying votes with the free welfare, obama money. it's not true at all. it was the opposite of what the administration had done. the republicans thought they had something. mitt romney made a campaign ad out of it. a few days before the election, romney made another campaign ad out of the same untrue thing. it was a lie. it was debunked. it was one of the brighter, more obvious campaigns of a campaign filled with lies. it was the lie you only try in the hottest heat of an election year when you are desperate because nothing else is working. now, bizarrely, in cold, cold march, it is back. republicans are pushing a bill right now in this congress to stop the thing that only existed in mitt romney's campaign ads
the obama administration created to protect consumers from abuse by financial institutions. republicans refused to confirm the president's first fully qualified choice to lead the bureau, elizabeth warren, and now 43 republican senators are pledging to block confirmation of richard cordray, unless democrats agree to dramatically cut the agency's authority. today, he had his confirmation hearing in front of the senate banking committee, including its new member, the now senior senator from massachusetts, elizabeth warren. >> i think the delay in getting him confirmed is bad for consumers, it's bad for small banks, it's bad for credit unions, it's bad for anyone trying to offer an honest product in an honest market. the american people deserve a congress that worries less about helping big banks and more about helping regular people who've been cheated on mortgages, on credit cards, on student loans, on credit reports. i hope you get confirmed. you have earned it, director cordray. so let's break down this play. charles? uh, charles couldn't make it. his single miles card blacked him out
in the obama administration will put the political -- their political capital on the line to change this system when there's a the a lot of resistance to do just that. >> manu and shira, thank you for being with us. >> thanks. >> thank you. >>> mitt romney is expected to reemerge this week with a speech speech at the cpac conference. but he is still being taunted for a comment he made. >> there are 47% of the americans who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. and so my job is not to worry about those people. i will never convince them to take responsibility and care for their lives. >> the man who recorded that was a man who was a bartender that night. he never told the staff that the speech was off the record. the bartender felt like it was his civic duty to release the video. check ed schultz interview tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. there will be a preview in our next hour. of course, i had no idea what it was. i felt like my feet were going to sleep. it progressed from there to burning like i was walking on hot coals to like a thousand bees that wer
700,000 are waiting more than a year. and the obama administration, the number of disability claims waiting over a year has gone up by 2,000%. if you're in new york or los angeles or reno, you're waiting over 600 days for the care and benefits that you deserve. that's why i'm in washington this week and that's why many iraq and afghanistan veterans are in washington. >> say that again if you will, paul. we've heard this, the numbers are becoming more outrageous by the month. what's happening at the v.a. is an absolute disgrace. please talk about, again, how long are wounded warriors having to wait for treatment and care in america? >> well, one of them with me here in washington this week is zach mccowan, he's been waiting 900 days. the system is broken, thousands of veterans are stuck in it. and nobody's really paying attention. we need the president's attention on this now. he's ended the iraq war, but he can't end the v.a. paperwork backlog. right now 97% of v.a. disability claims are on paper. in the year 2013, 97% are still on paper. this is a story this week that really needs
's office politics, michael isikoff, he's been on the front lines reporting on the obama administration's controversial drone policy. i asked him about the uproar and the catalyst for the recent scrutiny. >> what we did was get ahold of the justice department white paper which laid out the legal reasoning that would justify the use of lethal force, drone strikes, although it doesn't mention drone strikes, against american citizens. and while the administration officials had given a couple speeches on the subject, the white paper filled out some of the blanks in those speeches and gave a fuller explanation of the legal reasoning, and in some ways when i think significantly went beyond what had been stated publicly. particularly, and this is relevant very much to the discussion of the iraq war, what it called -- what it described as a, quote, broader concept of imminence. the first test as to whether or not a president can use lethal force to kill an american citizen is does that citizen, is he engaged in activity that poses an imminent threat to american citizens? that's the first test.
. >> the obama administration officially ending all white house tours. >> but with a perfectly appropriate donation of a half million dollars, president obama will come to you. >> jonathan, that was karl rove's american crossroads, they're running that ad, they take that idea seriously. that they are in a position to criticize o.f.a. for raising money and supposedly selling influence. >> look, the 2012 campaign will be remembered for having built the largest, most sophisticated grassroots political organization of all time. you know what the average donation was to o.f.a.? $65. this is an army of millions of donors. the real question about it is whether the people who gave during the campaign will now step up and realize, they have to send in their contributions of $15, $20, $50 in order to advance the president's agenda. o.f.a. made a big mistake a couple of weeks ago in saying they would accept so-called dark money. which is money that you don't have to disclose. and they've now reversed themselves, that was a really bad idea. now that they're on record for transparency, if the people st
to the obama administration. i'm sure bill clinton would like to have mitch mcconnell out of there. >> hillary couldn't get credit for knocking out mitch mcconnell. >> guess who catered chelsea's wedding? >> bill lundegran, alison's father. >> i love this because it's all the connections that make so much sense and nobody ever hears about them. thank you. excellent name on st. patrick's week. >>> get your pencils ready. when we return, i'm going to tell you what you can do for victims of gun violence in this country, especially those kids up in newtown, connecticut. you can do something. it's not hard. it's doable. you do it tonight. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full serving of vegetables, a full serving of fruit. but what you taste is the fruit. so even you... could've had a v8. a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whateve
house for us. how much of a problem is north korea right now for the obama administration? >> reporter: well, i think it is a problem, craig. the obama administration had been hoping when kim jong-un took over that he would help to lead north korea out of isolationism. really the opposite has happened. he's become more bellicose than his father and these intercepters are going to be placed because of recent provocations from north korea and there is a sense that they've made advances in nuclear capabilities. last week, north korea threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the united states and also they're ending their treaty with south korea. to there is a lot of concern. we should say this move to increase the number of intercepters marks a shift in the obama administration's policy, because back in 2010, they had said they weren't going to add new intercepters. this comes as president obama is just starting his second term. he's mapped out an ambitious agenda. but experts say this is going to take up a large portion of the next several years, concerns about north korea and iran
, there is some body of thinking on capitol hill oddly enough, among the republicans, the obama administration has support with the republicans on the hill who agree with this plan to allow these short blade knives, no more than 2.3 inches to be allowed in carry-ones because they think the tsa has gone too far anyway. there are strange bedfellows in in particular argument. but the tsa is really getting an earful right now. >> the flight attendants, the unions, he started this online petition to keep the knives off planes. we're watching this press conference. the unification of groups coming together to talk about this. is it going to be more up to the american people to get involved than the unions or will we see the fact as we watch the tsa chief talk about standing by his decision on this, is it really going to be up to the american people to voice their concerns? >> well, i think that that's always in the democracy, that's always the way things work. by the way, that's sara nelson who represents the flight attendants. i interviewed her yesterday. her argument is this. we've spent the last 11 y
down, right? >> i agree with him. i agree with him fully. and our position, the position of the obama administration is exactly the same. we call for the direct talks to resume today. in washington, ramallah, jerusalem, it doesn't matter, on all the core issues, refugees, borders, jerusalem, mutual recognition leading to a solution for two states for two peoples. >> does hamas have to be at the table or not? >> hamas right now can't be at the table, not just the united states, but the core ten -- >> they can't be there. >> because they don't recognize israel, three didn't disavow terror, they don't accept any previous agreements between israel and the palestinian authority. >> how does this happen if they basically govern half the palestinians? >> it will be difficult. we need to make a peace, all the time holding out the possibility that the people of gaza want to join that peace, they can and we hope that they see the advantages of peace. they'll throw off hamas rule and they'll get on board. >> do you think it's possible that you could strike a peace accord essentially with abbas a
security council in the obama administration and aaron david miller, fellow at the woodrow wilson international center. welcome, both. first, tommy, why did it take so long for this president to get to israel? he had a lot on his plate there were enormous economic challenges to deal with back home. but not every president going to israel in his first term, george bush didn't. this is great opportunity for the president to sync up with prime minister netanyahu on iran, sir yarks the critical issues of the region where israel is in the eye of the storm. he can also speak directly to the israeli people, via a speech to a bunch of university students. >> aaron david miller, you were a middle east negotiator in a number of white houses and state departments, republican and democratic. what, how much syncing up with prime minister netanyahu do you think is going to take place, realistically? >> it's smart politics, it's smart policy, too. obama has got the most dysfunctional relationship with any israeli prime minister in the history of the u.s./israeli relationship. now benjamin netany
of that is clear from the obama administration. and they probably don't want it to be clear because they're trying to have syria's assad hear all of that as a possibility. i expect to hear a lot of questions to the president that when he has a joint press conference with netanyahu. >> chuck, no doubt a very busy day ahead for you and president obama and israel. thank you so much for that report. we'll see you later for an in-depth look at the famous iron dome. so stick around. >> you got it, buddy. >>> three months after the newtown shootings, the white house and congressional democrats are pushing new limits on guns. the most ambitious of those proposals has for all intents and purposes been tabled. harry reid told reporters on tuesday that senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban will not be part of any gun bill he brings to the floor. >> right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i asked him if this could be part of a package.
party were outside polling places. and critics claim the obama administration has not been efficient in pursuing and prosecuting cases of that sort. and suggest that there continue to be these racial and political hostilities in the department that went back before even he was there. they began in the bush administration but the suggestion is he didn't do enough when he took overt civil rights department. >> peter, the president about to leave the white house to go to israel tomorrow for the first time as president. and he had said in the past that he only wanted to visit the country if there was something concrete to accomplish here. so is there, or is this more about optics? >> well are there's a lot concrete to accomplish. it's unlikely any of it will be accomplished during this trip. he's only on the ground in israel 48 hours. he will make stops in the west bank. he'll first visit with benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister of israel, and then go to the west bank to have meetings with the palestinian authority mahmoud abbas. and he'll also stop in jordan having had a conversation
million to help, an amount almost equal to what the obama administration gave earlier. one questions critics asked now with iron dome and missile resistant bus stops in schools such as these as you see here, does it embolden israel? >> conversation for another day. richard lui, thank you. that's going to wrap up this hour, i'm chris jansing, alex witt is up next filling in. dum. oh dad, you remember my friend alex? yeah. the one that had the work done... [ male announcer ] sometimes being too transparent can be a bad thing. this looks good! [ male announcer ] but not with the oscar mayer deli fresh clear pack. it's what you see is what you get food. hmm, we need a new game. ♪ that'll save the day. ♪ so will bounty select-a-size. it's the smaller powerful sheet. the only one with trap + lock technology. look! one select-a-size sheet of bounty is 50% more absorbent than a full size sheet of the leading ordinary brand. use less. with the small but powerful picker upper, bounty select-a-size.
the lines that the obama administration has, if republicans won't give it all on loopholes a anything. >> but they will. >> if they do, then i think we are in business, because, you know, then i think there is something to talk about. >> i don't mean to speak for the entire party but, barney, i mean, you know better than anybody how it goes. you get somebody in front of the camera. you're in front of the camera and you're a first turn or second turn democrat from massachusetts, barney are you giving on entitlements? you say no. you ask me is a first or second-term republican? no, we just gave them tax increases. we are not doing it again. but then you get the cameras off and people say, okay i'll give you this, you give me that. taking care of the long-term debt is so important. >> i'm closer to you now than when you were a first or second-term republican. >> you like him more. >> he didn't say that. >> personally i always liked him. i would be asked by a reporter in the midst of a negotiation will you do this or that? i'd have to ask the reporters, how many votes do you have in the s
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administration ever. barack obama, you lied. [ applause ] mr. president, we admit it, you won. accept it. now step away from the teleprompter and do your job. is it any wonder there's such a run on guns and ammo for christmas presents a couple months ago, considering politicians' attack on the second amendment. you should have seen what todd got me for christmas. well, it wasn't that exciting. it is a metal rack, a case for a hunting rifle to put on the back of a four wheeler, and then i had to get something for him to put in the gun case, rise? so this go around he has the rifle, i got the rack. [ cheers and applause ] oh, bloomberg is not around, our big gulp is safe, we're cool. shoot, it's just pop, with low cal ice cubes in it. i hope that's okay. my only piece of advice, because i am a mama, my only piece of advice to college republicans, you have to be thinking sam adams, not drinking sam adams. if these experts who keep losing elections, you keep getting rehired, raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck up or stay in the
the obama administration should not take a leading role in negotiations. 26% say take a leading role. mika, that is a poll sthat show americans want us to lead from behind. >> tomorrow we're going to take a special look at ten years of war in iraq. veteran journalist bob woodward and iraq veteran paul reickhoff will be with us. >>> up next, what if anything did we learn today? >>> i'm meteorologist bill karins with your business travel forecast. a snowstorm coming for new engla england. a full-fledged all-day event on tuesday. especially the mountainous areas. we're talking about coastal cities not dealing with much. by the time the storm is all over with interior new england is going to have plenty of snow. in many locations, 6 to 12 inches. in the mountains, even more. with double miles you can actually use to fly any airline anytime. ♪ what are you doing? i'm saving one for later. my body keeps it warm. it's like a little hot dog steamer in there. go ahead, touch my chest. no. ♪ what's in your wallet? you got any mustard in there? ♪ what's in your wallet? you got any mustard in th
that agrees on the need to impose sharia or islamic law on the world." he goes on to say that both the obama and even bush administration were too soft on islamists. does it disturb you that that comes from the mouth of once the top enforcement officer of this nation? >> well, yes, and it speaks to, you know, sort of the problem we're saying this report does not really get into policy. there's a reason they don't get into policy. if you get into policy, this is the sort of thing you have to say. >> how can he possibly make a claim like this about such a vast number of people? >> the entire tone from the right since 9/11 toward islam, toward muslims has been on par with this, roughly speaking. that's because it's sort of -- there was an appetite for that among the conservative base. and there's so much pressure in the party right now. it's a dysfunctional party in so many ways because there is so much pressure to conform to, you know, where the base is on a question like this. and if you don't, if you speak, if you stand up to this sort of thing and you're a republican officeholder, it endang
? you mean we have to get up on something, mr. president? another senior administration official said that president obama will be very pragmatic and that scares me. he says president obama is willing to change the formula for how benefits under social security, medicare and other programs are calculated, change cpi in exchange for higher taxes? keep in mind the senator, this senator made a big slash filibustering 13 hours over an issue answered with one sentence f. the big three are threatened by a grand bargain. get your phones out. tonight's question. do you want bernie sanders, the senator, independent from vermont, to filibuster to protect the big three? text a for yes. b for you to 67622. you can go to our blog and we'll bring you the results later in the show. i'm already starting to get the feeling i've got a very unpopular position here that we should protect the big three at all costs because that's what this election was all about. it's about making the wealthiest americans pay more, but to get them to pay more, we have to cut into the middle class and elderly who didn't ca
-sex marriage after his son told his parents he was gay. >>> in president obama's meeting with republican senators, he talked about giving congress information on drone strikes. he compared his administration to his predecessors and said, this is not dick cheney we're talking about. >>> and interview with israeli tv, president obama said many issues were discussed, including a question of living inside the bubble of secret service and media. he admitted that sometimes he'd like to be able to escape all of that. >> sometimes i have this fantasy i can put on a disguise and wear a make mustache and wander through tel aviv and go to a bar. >> and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> turning to the weather. dillon dryer's here with the forecast. even with a fake mustache, the president would not go unrecognized. >> i don't think so. as soon as he starts talking or singing. >> he's stuck in the bubble for life. >> we're going to see, actually, some wintry weather move into parts of the great lakes region. it's going to try to move eastward this weekend. but i don't think we're
eight years of the bush administration. the republicans have forced 30 filibuster votes on president obama's nominations and apparently they say they're just getting started. not to mention the national labor relations board. we could go on and on. let's turn now to former senator tom daschle who is the former majority leader for the democrats and author of the book "the u.s. senate." tom, great to see you, good to have you with us tonight. >> great to be with you, ed. >> you bet. well, in your book, the u.s. senate, what do you say about filibusters now? >> well, it's been abused, you're absolutely right. the numbers speak for themselves. we have more than twice as many cloture votes in the last congress, ed, as we did in the 50-year period between 1917 and 1967. that was a time during the civil rights era and vietnam and all of the other things we faced. twice as many in two years as we did in 50. that's all you need to know about the abuse of filibusters today. >> yeah. you're a close friend, worked with him for years, harry reid, what should he do? what can he do? >> well, harry'
to the sideshow. last night i attended the saturday patrick's day reception and president obama took note of the irish roots of his own administration. >> my new chief of staff is a mcdonough. my national security adviser is a donnell. our new cia director is brennan. joe biden has very kindly agreed to stay on as irishman in chief. joe couldn't be here tonight because he's on his way back from the installation of pope francis in rome. for those of you who know joe, literally the only thing that could keep him away from st. patrick's day at the white house is the installation of a new pope. >> nice night. by the way, jimmy fallon spotted biden in a photo at the installation mass and what might be the easiest game of where's waldo ever. >> vice president joe biden actually attended pope francis' first mass. have you seen this picture? >> yes. >> this is unbelievable. it's a picture of him in the crowd. see if you can find biden. see if you can find -- are you kidding me? this is a real photo focused up. >> next, michele bachmann earns recognition from "the washington post" for a factually
're are as nutritious as fresh. [ green giant ] ho ho ho. ♪ green giant president obama is talking about former vice president dick cheney and the growing criticism from both parties over the administration's controversial drone program. at a closed door meeting with democratic senators on tuesday, two senators told politico that the president tried to assure them that his administration has been more open to oversight than the bush administration's, saying "this is not dick cheney we're talking about here." the white house had no comment on the reference. next week, the senate judiciary committee will hold the first of two hearings one to address privacy can concerns, the other to talk about the targeted killing program. i want to bring in congressman keith ellison, co-chair of the congressional progressive congress. >> thanks for having me on. >> i know you've raised your own concerns about this issue and in addition to talking about dick cheney, the president also told the senators he's not involved in drafting the justice department legal counsel memos that justify the use of lethal force agains
of our biggest problems. >> robert, i want to ask you as someone who has worked in the administration and has worked with the president, who is currently in office, how much has the legacy of iraq shaped president obama's view in terms of military engagement? we talk about syria a lot and there's some thinking, there's some wisdom out there that he doesn't want to get involved there because he understands what a quote-unquote quagmire it can be to get involved in a situation where there is no clear end point. >> well i think first of all, he's the commander-in-chief because of that decision. we, we forget because by the time we came into office in 2009, it was all about the economy. but the animating event really for three years, leading up to that election, was iraq. i definitely think, i think it is, i think it will have a huge impact, it has on this commander-in-chief and will have on future commanders in chief. because they understand that without some popular support, it's hard to go about doing -- a lot of military action. without some broad popular support among people to do so
a new administration firmly believed, whether you agree with them or not, that its predecessor, george w. bush, had been fighting essentially a war on islam. that was the view on the arab street and the obama folks went out very directly in cairo in 2009 to rebut that. now, that had some collateral damage particularly among the israeli public which seems to have forgotten in large measure that the level of cooperation, be it economic, military, intelligence sharing between the two courts has never exceeded what now finds with president obama. >> i'm going to leave it on that point. jim warren and joy reid, thank you for joining us this evening. >> thank you. >>> ahead, michele bachmann running from reality? sorry congressman. you can run but you can't hide from the truth. plus, in tonight's nice try but we've got you segment, what could possibly go wrong? don't worry, we've got them. >>> and march madness is here. college basketball going wild. but republicans have found another way to go after the president. i'll be stuffing their weak stuff coming up. >>> have you joined the "politicsn
, president obama has made it clear that his red line in syria is the use or movement of chemical weapons. what specifically will he do if that has happened, the administration has not said, but i can tell you that one option they are weighing is to arm the rebel forces in syria. senators mccain and graham have said that this administration should move forward with that if it is, in fact, confirmed that chemical weapons were used. but martin, right now, the administration being very careful with its wording because there is no confirmation that chemical weapons were, in fact, used. having said that, they are quite disturbed by the increase in violence and ongoing violence. they continue to call for assad to step down. >> i assume, kristen, prime minister netanyahu is going to press the president on syria as much as he will on the issue of iran, given developments today. >> reporter: absolutely. syria, iran, i think that president obama when he speaks to prime minister netanyahu will go there with the intent of making it very clear that the united states is committed to preventing iran fro
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